“The Granddaddy of All Tournaments”–Optimist Club of Perry Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at Steinhatchee, May 5, 2018

Now in its 27th year, the annual Optimist Club of Perry, FL Saltwater Fishing Tournament has become one of the largest fishing events on Natural North Florida’s Big Bend.  While Perry is landlocked, it’s the county seat of Taylor County, which has some of the best saltwater angling in the state.  And appropriately, the event …

Monticello, Florida–Bike Fest, May 12, 2018

The 2018 Monticello Bike Fest will take place on Saturday, May 12 and will consist of a series of pro/am bicycle rides throughout beautiful Jefferson County, in Natural North Florida.  It’s a CAAM Tour Series Event, so you’ll rub shoulders with some seriouse cyclists from the southeast. Ride 10, 30, 60 or even 100 miles …

2018 Shands Saltwater Trout Tournament, Steinhatchee, April 29, Sea Hag Marina

The Shands Fishing For Kids Saltwater Trout Tournament, one of the largest and most popular fishing events in our Natural North Florida region takes place on Saturday, April 28 at Steinhatchee.  Weigh-in and a celebratory fish fry will be held at the Sea Hag Marina. With some excellent (and guaranteed) payouts, this promises to be …

Santa Fe College SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL, April 7 & 8, 2018, in Gainesville, FL

The Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival is one of Gainesville’s largest events, attracting over 100,000 attendees statewide.  The event transforms NE First Street, in downtown, to a bustling promenade of arts, crafts, entertainment–and just plain “people watchng”.  This year is the 49th annual event, and is scheduled for April 7 and 8. In addition …

Florida State Bluegrass Festival, April 5-7, 2018, in Perry, Florida

One of the best events in the Southeast…The Florida State Bluegrass Festival.   Featuring three days of awesome bluegrass music by some of the most renowned artists in the country…a grand Chili Cook-off hosted by the Perry Police Department with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics and the Shop with a Cop program. There will also …

Don’t Miss the Inaugural (First, Premiere, First Annual!) Big Bend Brewfest in Perry, FL, March 3, 2018

Join us for the Annual Big Bend Brewfest Event at Rosehead Park in Perry Florida. This is an annual fundraising festival, featuring beer, food, and music at Rosehead Park in Perry, FL. This event is held by the Perry Rotary Club, with the proceeds to benefit the Rotary Club and the City of Perry Police …

Learn About North Florida’s Flora and Fauna At Gainesville’s Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Whether Gainesville is your Natural North Florida destination or if you’re just passing through on I-75, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.  It’s located about a mile west of the Archer Road exit (SR24) on the expressway. Named for Lake Kanapaha (Timicuan tramslation: palmetto leaf and house, referring to the typical Timicua …

Gainesville’s Morningside Nature Center–Take A Walk In Our Woods

With over 7 miles of trails and one of the last-remaining examples of a fire-dependent longleaf pine forest, Morningside Nature Center is an excellent outdoor destination–within the city limits of Natural North Florida’s largest city.  The largest of Gainesville’s nature parks, Morningside covers 278 acres and is easily accessed from East University Avenue and SR20. …

Relax, Hike, Camp–and Enjoy Florida’s Suwannee River State Park

Located just off US90, between the towns of Live Oak and Madison, in Natural North Florida, Suwannee River State Park isn’t one of our largest parks, but it certainly is one of the most scenic.  It’s upstream of the confluence of the mighty Suwannee River and the lesser “upper” Withlacoochee River, right where the highway …

Gainesville’s Best—2018 Festival Schedule—Save The Dates!

Gainesville is home to festivals of all kinds.  They range from “medieval faires” to “punk rock” music events to curated art shows.  Each year, thousands of visitors come to this North Florida college town to enjoy food, art and just to have a great time.  In 2018, there are events planned almost any month.  Here’s …